Rolls-Royce Spirit of Ecstasy

Perhaps the most distinctive and prized logo of any company, the Spirit of Ecstasy is not just the symbol of a woman leaning in, as it were. It is based on Eleanor Thorton, who was immortalized in 1909 for her pioneering spirit and love of racing as part of the Automobile Club of Great Britain that included Charles Rolls and Henry Royce. The retractable figurine is meant to “encapsulate the pursuit of personal liberty, and freedom from conformity,” according to Rolls-Royce press materials.

This is the "Spirit of Ecstasy" flying lady mascot on the Rolls Royce Dawn, photographed Saturday, May 14, 2016, in Chicago.

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